Professor Position in Medical Humanities

The Faculty of Science (which will be renamed “Faculty of Science and Medicine” in 2018) of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, announces the opening of a tenure position for a Professor in Medical Humanities (University Chair of Medicine and Society / Médecine et Société / Medizin und Gesellschaft) at a level of 50 to 70%.

Official announcement : download the pdf file

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General conditions
Application procedure
Academic environment
Clinical environment
Infrastructure, positions and funding
Contacts



 

General conditions

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The successful candidate should possess a doctoral degree (MD or/and PhD in human or social sciences, if possible) and have formal training as well as an outstanding track record of successful independent research connecting humanities, ethics, law or social sciences and medicine or health.

The future professor is expected to integrate the field in the curriculum of Bachelor and Master of Medicine (with an emphasis on family medicine). He/she will coordinate and take part in the programme of medical humanities in French and/or in German for the medical students. He/she is expected to establish an internationally recognized competitive research programme sustained by external funding, preferably in a medical or clinical context and have a personality which can act as a counter or complementary part to the biomedical field.

The future professor will hold a PhD in Humanities or Social Sciences, be an expert in his own field (preferentially in one of the central disciplines such as literature, visual or digital arts, philosophy, history, anthropology) and have:

  • a strong interest in the fields connecting medicine and society as well as a good knowledge of international networks in Medical Humanities;
  • Languages: Excellent oral and written level of French and/or German; fluent English is also required.
  • Mastery of the usual computer and Web tools as well as interest for innovation of learning methods;
  • Ability to coordinate collective work, to coordinate different teachers in the domain of the programme “Medicine and Society” and experience in the organization and coordination of interdisciplinary examinations; he may also collaborate with the professor of public health.

The future professor will also teach students (both at Bachelor and at Master level) and supervise Master theses, in French and/or German.

Seeking to promote an equitable representation of women and men, the University strongly encourages applications from women.

 

Application procedure

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Hard copies of the following documents should be forwarded to the mailing address below:

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a cover letter mentioning the position for which the candidate is applying (Full Professor of Medical Humanities)
a complete curriculum vitae
a complete list of publications (highlighting specifically the 5 most important contributions)
a detailed record of teaching experience
a record of past and present funding
a 1-2 page description of the research which the candidate intends to carry out in Fribourg
the names and addresses (postal and e-mail) of three persons who could be contacted as referees

Deadline: the applications have to reach the Dean's office before
September 15, 2017

Prof. Christian Bochet
Dean of the Faculty of Sciences
University of Fribourg
Chemin du Musée 8
CH-1700 FRIBOURG
Switzerland

Please also send an electronic version of the application and PDFs of the 5 most relevant publications to the Faculty Administrator at the Dean's Office (franziska.heyna@unifr.ch).

 

Academic environment

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Faculty and departments
Study programmes
Languages
Research focus
Internal collaborations

 

Faculty and departments

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The Department of Medicine of the Faculty of Science (which will be renamed as Section of Medicine of the Faculty of Science and Medicine in 2018) currently hosts 20 professors, distributed into the four teaching domains Morphological Sciences, Physiology, Sport Science and Clinical Medicine (which covers Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Cardiology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities). Clinical teaching is ensured in collaboration with the Hospital of Fribourg.

For the implementation of the Master of Medicine, 11 additional full-time professor positions (in Family Medicine, Medical Education, Community Medicine and Psychiatry) or part-time professor positions (in Pediatric, Medical emergencies, Internal Medicine/Chronic Diseases, Surgery, Orthopedics, Gynecology-Obstetrics and Geriatrics) will be filled in the next 4 years. Teaching staff in many other domains will be provided by the Chief Physicians of the Hospital of Fribourg.

The Department of Medicine is led by a president who is elected for 2 years amongst the professors of the Department. Major decisions are taken by the Department Council, which includes the teaching staff and student representatives.

By January 2018, the Faculty of Science will be reorganized in two sections: a Science Section and a Medicine Section. The Science Section will be composed of six departments and one institute, the Medicine Section will be composed of five departments and one institute (see http://www.unifr.ch/science/fr/faculte/organisation).


Study programmes

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At the moment, the study programme of Medical Humanities includes the following subjects which are taught by specialists: Ethics, Public Health, History of Medicine, Medical Humanities, Law, Medical Anthropology, Health Economics, Health Geography, Neurosciences and Philosophy, Medicine and Media. The programme is currently organized at the Bachelor level and can be adapted according to the Master requirements.

The professor of Medical Humanities will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with the other groups of the Department of Medicine, the Faculty of sciences and the other faculties of the University of Fribourg as well as the Fribourg general hospital. The aim of the Medical Humanities course is to enable medical students to better understand their future professional roles, as defined in the new objective catalogue, Principal Relevant Objectives for Integrative Learning and Education in Switzerland (PROFILES).

The Department of Medicine offers three three-year Bachelor degree curricula: a BMed in Human Medicine, a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and a BSc in Sport Science and Motor Control. In addition, two 1.5-year Master Degree curricula are offered: a MSc in Sport Science and Motor Control and a MSc in Experimental Biomedical Research. Furthermore, a joint Master programme in Biomedical Sciences is offered by the Universities of Fribourg and Berne.

The postgraduate education at the Department of Medicine is offered within the framework of a "doctoral school" together with the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Berne and Basel that run a joint programme of invited lectures and summer schools for graduate students (the "Troisième Cycle Romand" programme). A special programme for training in neurosciences in collaboration with the University of Berne is also offered.

In September 2016, the University and the Hospital of Fribourg were given the mission to implement a complete curriculum for a Master of Medicine for 40 medical students. This programme will prepare the students for the Swiss federal medical exams and will be characterized by a strong interest in Family Medicine. According to the “concept of the teaching” in the plan, the Master of Medicine will rely on outcome-based education (where teaching formats and learning outcomes are aligned) and acquisition of competences (Entrustable Professional Activities/EPA). The major purpose of the programme is to favour clinical competences, communication abilities, economic and ethical thinking, as well as evidence-based medicine.


Languages

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Candidates must master French or German. The University of Fribourg is bilingual. Lectures are given in French or in German at the level of the Bachelor as well as the Master of Medicine. Students are expected to understand both languages, but can take their exams in either language. Master of Science and PhD programmes are taught mainly in English. Candidates are expected to have a working knowledge of all three languages or be willing to acquire such knowledge within a short time. They should be able to interact with students in French and/or German.

 

Research focus

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Research currently conducted in the Department of Medicine embraces a variety of topics, mostly concentrated in 4 clusters of research: (i) cancer, immunology and microbiology; (ii) neuroscience; (iii) cardiovascular, metabolism and endocrinology; and (iv) medical humanities.
Please find further information on present state and planned future developments in the Department of Medicine in the «Strategic plan» and in the «Scientific report».

 

Internal collaborations

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The Professor of Medical Humanities will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Chair of the Centre de didactique universitaire and with the Centre Nouvelles Technologies et Enseignement.

 

Clinical environment

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The Hospital of Fribourg (HFR) is an autonomous establishment, governed by public law, comprising five sites and 540 beds. The main Cantonal Hospital (300 beds) is located in the town of Fribourg and acts as the cantonal centre for all specialized services. Two additional hospitals handle patients requiring acute care – HFR-Riaz and HFR-Tavel. Two further sites are involved in care related to re-education, geriatrics and palliative cases (HFR-Billens and HFR-Meyriez). Cases requiring highly specialized medical treatment are transferred to university hospitals in neighbouring cantons (e.g. CHUV in Lausanne, Inselspital in Berne). The activity of the HFR is carried out by more than 3’300 collaborators, including 35 Chief Physicians and a total of 450 medical doctors. Most heads of the clinical services also hold the title of Titular Professor of the University of Fribourg.

The psychiatry hospital is located in Marsens and is integrated into the Fribourg Mental Health Network.

Within the framework of his/her mission, the new professor of Medical Humanities will be in contact with the Société de Médecine du Canton de Fribourg, in which all general practitioners of the Canton participate.

 

Infrastructure, positions and funding

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Infrastructure

Rooms and facilities

The Professor of Medical Humanities and the Unit of Medical Humanities will be located in the building PER 02, near the learning domain of the Bachelor of Medicine.

Computers

The University’s computer service supplies all Departmental members (academic and technical staff) with state-of-the-art PCs and Macs and appropriate office, reference, statistical and graphics software. Specific research software is considered for research facilities.

 

Positions

The new Professor of Medical Humanities will be allocated the following:

  • Secretary (access to the MMed secretary pool for equivalent of 25%)
  • 50% PhD student and 50% post-doc position (can be combined for a 50% of Maître assistant)
  • Access to the pool of PhD students / Post doc assistants according to the criteria of Department of Medicine (up to around 50%)
  • Access to the pool of Medical Doctors up to 25% on a competitive basis
  • Pool of external teachers to build or complete the programme

Financial support

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Set-up funding

  • Installation credit for research activities, according to the usual amounts of the Faculty and the department (up to CHF 30’000-40’000)
  • Resources for computing and library material will be at the new professor’s disposal

Running expenses

  • Participation from the annual credits (operating, equipment, informatics, library. At the moment CHF 15’000 for the year)

 

Contacts

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Contacts for further information

Prof. Marco Merlo (marco.merlo@unifr.ch, Department of Medicine UniFR)
Prof. Jean-Marie Annoni (jean-marie.annoni@unifr.ch, President of the Dep. of Medicine UniFR)
Prof. Wolfgang Taube (wolfgang.taube@unifr.ch, Department of Medicine UniFR)

 
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